William A Kendall

October 23, 1940September 7, 2018

William A. Kendall William A. Kendall (Billy), age 77, passed away on September 7, 2018 after a valiant fight with liver cancer. Billy died peacefully at home with his devoted wife, Kristiane (Czajka) Kendall by his side. Billy was born in Norwich, CT on October 23,1940. He was the son of William and Helen (Spicer) Kendall. Billy attended the Norwich Free Academy. He enlisted into the United States Marine Corps on May 16,1958. Billy was honorably discharged in 1964 after serving four years of active duty and two years in the1st Marine Corps Reserve. He served as a Military Occupational Specialty 1345 and was in Okinawa, Japan and Vietnam. During his service he earned the Good Conduct Medal and Sharpshooter Badge. His final rank upon discharge was Lance Corporal. After Billy's service discharge, he worked as a Crane Operator for Local 478 for 55 years and remained an active retiree. Billy's work was his passion and when he retired, it became his hobby. Billy is survived by his children, William B. Martin (CT), Karl A. Martin and wife, Julie, (FL), Michael J. Kendall and wife, Summer, (UAE), Mellissa Robin Kendall (Canada), Nicole Martin (FL); his 3 sisters, Barbara J. Jensen, Betty A. Martin and her husband, David, Priscilla Kendall Zemke and her husband, David; his grandchildren, Georgiana Martin, Caitlyn Martin, Joshua Kendall, James and Clara DiPlacido and his great granddaughter, Scarlet Kendall; his nieces, Kim Spaulding, Tracee Martin, Kelly Ruffo; and nephews, Benjamin Zemke and Jack Zemke. He also leaves great nieces Kendall Eschenfelder, Heidi Chappell; and great nephews, Adam Chappell, Peter M. Eschenfelder, and Thomas D. Eschenfelder. Billy is predeceased by his parents, his brother-in-law, Jerry Jensen, his nephew, David A. Martin, Jr, and his great niece, Emily Eschenfelder. Billy loved the challenge of doing what he was told was impossible. The word "can't" was not in his vocabulary. His daredevil sense of adventure turned him to skydiving and flying his ultra lite plane. He loved riding his Harley with his wife, son and friends. He will be remembered as an optimist and a skilled storyteller with a great sense of humor. He entertained people with his stories. He'd leave them laughing and wondering if the stories were true or not. Billy will also be remembered for his generous nature with those he knew and those he did not. The family will be forever grateful to Dr. Tamar Taddei ; Palliative Care Nurse, Sara Gillespie-Heyman and the medical staff at the West Haven Veterans Hospital for the care and support they gave. The family would also like to acknowledge the Masonic Home Hospice staff, Muza and the staff of Euro American Homecare and the Echo Clinic of Norwich. Calling hours are Monday, Oct. 1st from 4:30 to 7:30 PM at the Church and Allen Funeral Home, 136 Sachem St., Norwich, CT. A Mass of the Christian Burial will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 2nd, at St. Peter and Paul Church in Norwich at 10:00 AM. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the VFW, 28 Spicer Rd., Preston, CT 06365. In Billy's memory, please do a good deed for someone in need. Please visit to leave an online tribute or condolence.


  • Calling Hours / Visitation Monday, October 1, 2018
  • Mass of Christian Burial Tuesday, October 2, 2018

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Laura Anderson

October 1, 2018

Dear Aunt Kris,
We will always remember Uncle Billy for his charming smile and kind-hearted ways. Uncle Billy was eager to help a family member or a friend in need. He was quick to tell a funny story or joke, always bringing a smile to our face. He fought a courageous battle, and now he is no longer suffering. You were always by his side caring for him and keeping him comfortable. Although he is not here with us on earth, we have a guardian angel watching over us. We are deeply sorry for your loss, Uncle Billy will be missed so much by all of us. Sending our deepest sympathy and love during this difficult time... Laura, Dave, Ashley, Ryan and Kyle

Chris & Mary Lillis

October 1, 2018

Dear Kris and family, Our deepest sympathy on the passing of your wonderful husband, father and grandfather.
Although we are far away Judy always kept us informed of your news. We especially enjoyed the photos of Christos and Matthias on uncle Billy's backhoe they were so thrilled.
We have fond memories of Billy and being introduced to his Harley many many years ago.
Our thoughts are very much with you today.
Chris & Mary Lillis from Australia.

Ashley Anderson

October 1, 2018

Uncle Billy, I will always remember and appreciate your sense of humor and kindness. I will never forget testing out your backhoe in your yard, or playing whiffle ball with you this summer. I will cherish these memories forever.
Love you!

Judy Lillis

October 1, 2018

Uncle Billy, we will always smile when we think of you and the joy you brought to all of us. Missing you lots and wishing you were still here. You were so brave but glad you no longer have to suffer. My deep sympathy to Aunt Kris, your children, grandchildren, sisters and all of Bill's family.
My favourite memory is of you teaching the kids how to work the backhoe in the backyard. The smiles on their faces.
You made all of us smile. Just like this photo of my Dad with you. Big smiles. Now you are in Heaven teaching our Andrew how to drive a backhoe and making him laugh.
Judy, Tom, Christos, Ty, and Fluff

Nicole Martin

September 27, 2018

Bill will truly be missed. He was the best step-dad a person could have. He treated me as one of his own. I will miss all of his jokes and smiles.

Ann McGrath

September 16, 2018

Dear Kris & Family, So very sorry for your loss. I know how very difficult these last few years were for you and Billy, and the wonderful care you gave him. I always enjoy sitting with you in church, and yet no matter how difficult the times were, you never complained. He was so lucky to have you in his life. His suffering is over and I pray he is at peace. Take care of yourself Kris as the days ahead will be hard, but you are a strong person and God will get you through. If you ever need anything, please don't hesitate to call. ......Love Bob & Ann McGrath

Mary/Art Zanta

September 16, 2018

I knew Billy as my Best Friend's, Kris, husband. Only got to know him from visiting Kris when I was in Norwich over the years.
He was always welcoming, had a joke or funny story to share. Even spending just those short visits with them, I could see that he was a genuine good man. Hard working, even after he retired.
My main fondness for Billy, was that he put a smile on Kris' face. I'm so glad they found each other and had these years together.
To Kris, his children, grandchildren, all his family and friends our deepest sympathy for your loss of this good man.

Sue Ponder

September 14, 2018

I Loved Billy. He would appear in the kitchen and immediately have a joke to tell or a prank to play on me. I have missed that! I am so grateful to him for visiting Dan almost every day during his last three months You worked tirelessly to make Billy's life as good , he certainly told me that many times. I saw how strong you were for Billy and he wanted to be strong for you. You are the best of neighbors, always helping friends and sometimes only just met people. I'll bet Dan and Billy are already keeping heaven alive with stories and jokes.
I am always here for you Kris
Love Sue

Tamar Taddei

September 12, 2018

Dear Kris and Priscilla:
Our thoughts and prayers are with you. It was my great honor and pleasure to care for Billy and to get to know you. Your love for Billy was inspiring to all of us and his resilience and humor brightened our days. We are forever grateful for his service to defend our freedom and we will remember him always.
With sympathy and friendship,
Tamar Taddei

Amber Thomas

September 12, 2018

Dear Kris and family,
It’s taken several days to comprehend “Uncle Billy” is Now in heaven my heart is broken and can only imagine the party that will go on for days as he rides into the open gates . The best hugs and smile a person could ask for . He always called me his riding buddy, i loved to hear his bike pull in he never had to ask if I wanted a ride . My love and prayers to you and your family .❤️❤️❤️❤️